7) EXTRAÑO


Oh, poor Gregorio de la Vega.  Recruited by the Guardians Of The Universe to serve as the next level of human evolution, he was DC’s first gay character, albeit not openly so in 1988.  In an attempt to get across the truth of his homosexuality, Gregorio’s characterization became a melange of over-tge-top camp traits (something he had in common with his New Guardians teammates, designed to be inclusive but saddled with stereotypical and often offensive accents and idiosyncrasies.)  The poor execution of those stories left Gregorio a laughing-stock until 2016, when writer Steve Orlando chose to honor the character’s power and historical importance by imbuing him with the dignity his 80s adventures lacked, proving once again that there are no bad characters, only unsuccessful execution.

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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